Fall 2006 Issue
Goes To GPSL 2006
Filing the CNNSP balloon, left to right, are Caleb; Jack, WYØF; Roger, KCØMWM; and Jeff, KØJLR.
This year’s Great Plains Super Launch, GPSL
2006, was held in Hutchinson, Kansas. It has become an annual event for
ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning) with a conference on Friday
and balloon launch on Saturday. This year’s GPSL was organized and hosted
by Zack, WØZC, of Project: Traveler. This was our second year of attending
a GPSL. Six of us made the trip from Grand Island, Nebraska. including
Jack, WYØF; his wife Anne; Jeff, KØJLR; Caleb; my wife Arlene; and me,
Roger, KCØMWM. We all are part of a group I started known as CNNSP
(Central Nebraska Near Space Program).
We flew our first near-space mission in May
2005 with help from another Nebraska group, NSTAR (Nebraska Stratospheric
Amateur Radio), out of the Omaha area. We’re one of the new kids on the
block with regard to ARHAB, and we were looking forward to flying our
seventh mission at GPSL, designated CNNSP-07.
The trip from Grand Island, NE to Hutchinson,
KS is about a 41/2-hour drive. We decided to travel in a convoy and hit
the road at around 11 AM. We kept in contact with the local repeaters
until they faded and then switched to a UHF simplex frequency we all had
agreed upon for the remainder of the journey. We managed to keep a QSO
going among the six of us for the majority of the trip, commenting about
the scenery (cornfields) and various other things along the way. We
arrived in Hutchinson with plenty of time to wind down before meeting
everyone for dinner at the hotel that evening.
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